My best friend at college is completing his senior thesis which involves a lot of listening to, transcribing, and analyzing top 40 pop tunes. Every time I walk past his bedroom he's sitting at his desk with headphones on listening to stuff like Ke$ha and scribbling furiously on staff paper. It's a cool project. Anyways, I thought for christmas I'd give him some headphones because so much of his time is spent wearing them, and he always just grabs whatever's closest! I have been completely out of this world for a long time (check my join date!) and I'm completely overwhelmed here! I'm looking for something closed, over-ear (for better comfort than on-ear in long listening sessions), and balanced and detailed so he can hear the nuances of the songs he's trying to transcribe. My budget is only about $50 - $80 so I know I'll have to be making a bunch of sacrifices, but I'm hoping there's some gem in there somewhere in that will shine through. Thanks for the advice!